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Revised IBC Charter and Operating Procedures

The UT-area Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) recently adopted an updated charter and several associated operating procedures.

Documents may be found on the Biosafety website at either the polices page or the IBC page.

The resulting written program, which has been vetted through the UT Office of the General Counsel, aims to establish (or reiterate): 1) IBC’s authority, scope, and purview; 2) roles and responsibilities of the UT administration, IBC, Biosafety Officer, and academic/research stakeholders; 3) core oversight and management practices relative to the safe and compliant use of biological hazards; and 4) transparent documentation of the IBC’s bylaws, processes, and expectations.  Those who are currently approved to work with biological hazards, as well as those who may work with them in the future, are strongly encouraged to review these documents.  Additionally, this information should be shared with laboratory staff and students as applicable.

Please feel free to contact IBC Chair David White, IBC Vice-Chair Elizabeth Fozo, or the Biosafety Office with any questions.